“Well, ladies, as always, I have a surprise for you.”
“Is it another mission?” they both asked.
“Good guess,” Bryson laughed. “Well, years ago, there was a famous painter. He painted many beautiful women. People called his painting galleries the Goddess Central.”
“The Goddess Central?” asked Summer. “Do
you mean that painter named Karl Bang?”
“Yes, precisely,” Bryson replied. “I can see that
you have been listening to my lectures.”
“So,” Nikki continued. “Is he that same Karl Bang who painted those paintings you showed us the
“Yes, yes,” Bryson answered. “That is the very
reason why I talked about him.”
“Ok, so…what about the paintings?” Nikki asked.
“Well,” started Bryson. “Those pictures have
been missing since anyone could remember. It has
been said that they have been hidden in some kind of
chamber; but we have no idea where that chamber is.”
“Then, how are we supposed to find them?”
“Well, that is why I have chosen you ladies to
do this mission,” Bryson answered. He walked into
the back room and grabbed something. He came back
out with his hands behind his back. “The people who
hid the paintings left clues,” he began.
“Well, that sure does make this mission easier,” Summer pointed out. Bryson nodded and handed a small note to Nikki. She took it and unrolled it. It read:
Stand in awe, thy wall so great
Seek thy men thy wall hath ate
“What! Man-eating walls!” Summer cried,
“What does this mean?” asked Nikki with a
“That is why I am using you girls for this
mission,” Bryson replied. “You girls can figure this
clue out and fit the puzzle together.” The girls thought about, then answered, “We’ll take this mission.”
“Oh, what wonderful news!” cried Bryson,
pleased with their answer. But his look faded. “I warn
you, though. The University of Discoveries got a
hold of this clue first.”
“What do you mean?” Summer asked.
“I mean that they had this clue first. ADI, though, was able to get the clue from them; which is now in your very fingers.”
“So…they also know what the clue says?” asked Nikki.
“Precisely,” Bryson replied. “But I doubt they
know its meaning.”
“True; but they themselves have smart minds,”
Summer added. “They could figure it out anytime.”
“Well, not unless we figure it out first!” Nikki
“Now that is the attitude I want to see!”
exclaimed Bryson, standing up.